Human Fondness, Faith in Machines Grows During Pandemic
Studying human-machine interactions, researchers found that during the pandemic, people are not only more altruistic to other humans, their behaviors also extend to machines. This may be explained by the growing popularity of digital assistants, such as Alexa. People are not very nice to machines. The disdain goes beyond the slot machine that emptied your wallet, a dispenser that failed to deliver a Coke or a navigation system that took you on an unwanted detour.
Stay-at-home Measures May Have Offered Protective Effects For Youth Mental Health Early in the Pandemic
A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP), published by Elsevier, reports that middle schoolers from a predominantly Latinx community, with elevated levels of mental health problems, showed a reduction in symptoms during the early stages of the pandemic.
Depression Message on YouTube Videos Are Dangerous and Include Stigmatizing Stereotypes
Measurable Changes in Brain Activity During First Few Months of Studying a New Language
A study with first-time learners of Japanese has measured how brain activity changes after just a few months of studying a new language. The results show that acquiring a new language initially boosts brain activity, which then reduces as language skills improve.